TV & Film, TV Reviews

TV Review: Fuller House Season 3 Part 1

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Last Friday, the first half of Fuller House Season 3 was released on Netflix. After being quite disappointed with season two of the show last December, I debated if I would watch the third season of the Full House spinoff.  I found the first two seasons of Full House to be a bit cheesy and quite frankly, cringey. I’m not sure if this because I’m watching Fuller House as a young adult, where I started watching Full House when I was four or five years old.

I think what really made me watch Fuller House was that this season was released on the 30th anniversary of Full House. I had to celebrate in some way! So on the morning of September 23rd, I woke up a half hour earlier than I usually do on Fridays and watched the first two episodes of the show before class. Throughout the rest of the day and night, I continued to watch the rest of the season and right after I finished, I was Googling when the next half of the season is going to come out! While it was still cheesy at times, I enjoyed Fuller House Season 3 Part One much more than I had anticipated! I think these nine episodes did a better job of focusing on the adults a tad more (lets be honest, the kids are cute, but I really only care about the characters I grew up with on Full House).

Before I jump into spoilers and for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to watch the season yet, I will say that I recommend watching this season of Fuller House if you are looking for a lighthearted binge-watch or you’re as a big of a Full House fan as I am.

 *Woah baby: There are spoilers for Fuller House below*

 Like I said above, I enjoyed this season much more than I had anticipated. I actually skipped through most of Season Two because I was only concerned about DJ and Steve, who do remain as my top concern. However, I do have a few disappointments regarding these first nine episodes. I was a bit nervous from the get-go, as the first episodes begins with a musical routine. I will never understand why Fuller House has included singing and dancing in most of the episodes. While Full House had its musical elements in the form of Jesse, it wasn’t like the Tanners were breaking into musical numbers every episode. I will say though that I enjoyed the “Summer Nights” duet by DJ and Steve.

My next disappointment was the emphasis on Stephanie becoming mom. We learn in the first season of the show that Stephanie is unable to have a baby, however, she learns in this season that she has viable eggs and could possibly have a baby through a sperm donor and surrogate. Of course, we then get Becky and Stephanie jumping up and down in the doctor’s office, screaming that Stephanie could actually be a mom. NEWSFLASH, STEPHANIE WOULD STILL BE CONSIDERED A MOM IF SHE ADOPTED A BABY/CHILD. I found this a bit disappointing, especially since Becky and Jesse just adopted a baby themselves. And why does Becky have to be so baby crazy?? In Full House, Becky and Jesse decided not to have any more kids because Becky really wanted to focus on her career.

Negativity over, positivity’s here!

My favorite episode was “Say Yes to the Dress” mainly (okay, entirely) for its emphasis on DJ and Steve. I have been with Kimmy on Team Steve since the very beginning of Fuller House, and my biggest prediction at the end of season 2 was that Van Atta High’s golden couple would pull through, despite Steve’s engagement. AND NOW OUR HOPE IS SO REAL GUYS!!! Honestly, this is the only reason why I need the rest of season 3 RIGHT NOW.

We also finally got to see the Gibbler house this season!! It was even weirder than I could have imagined, and there were a few Easter eggs from Full House inside!

I also really enjoyed seeing Grandpa Nick come in the last episode, as I was waiting for someone outside the main cast from Full House to pop in! And as much as I want the show to focus more on the Full House main cast, I did enjoy the kids’ storylines more this season (Tommy got even cuter), and Fernando was actually a nice comedic relief most of the time.My main hope for the rest of the season is to obviously to see DJ and Steve finally get together! But even more than that, being that Danny is now divorced, I think it’s time for a certain Ms. Vicky Larson to join the show!!!

My Rating: 3.75/5 Stars

Do you watch Fuller House? Share in the comments!

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Books, Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday: Books I’ve Read Because of Booktube  

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I can’t believe it’s the last week of September, guys!! I first month back at college has really flown by, and I think I’m a bit confused about the transition from summer to fall here because it’s still eighty degrees! The final Top Five Wednesday of September is all about the books you’ve picked up because you had heard about them in an online book community or platform. I get a lot of my book recommendations from Booktube and still find it to be one of the top reasons as to why my TBR is so big!

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler I remember seeing What We Saw on Jessethereader’s Booktube channel back in January 2016 and ended up picking it up this book. What We Saw completely sucked me in, as it’s an important story about sexual assault in a small-town community.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard– When Red Queen came out in early 2015, it was everywhere on Booktube and it’s gorgeous cover sure didn’t help keep it out of my mind. I enjoyed Red Queen when I first read it, but as I read more fantasy and thought about the book more, I found that Red Queen didn’t seem so earth-shattering and original that I unfortunately decided to not continue the series.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel– While Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index had been floating around my TBR radar, it was Booktuber Ariel Bissett and the BookTube-A-Thon that inspired me to pick it up. It took me some time to get into the story, but I ended up really enjoying Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.

 Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– I’ll be quite honest—the original cover of Anna and the French Kiss was what prevented me from picking up the book until 2015. After hearing rave reviews from the Booktube community (and let’s be honest, the cover change might’ve been a factor), I finally picked Anna and the French Kiss and loved it.

 Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows is most definitely one of the best books I read because of the hype it received on Booktube. If you haven’t figured it out already, the Six of Crows duology delivers beyond the hype and more.   Don’t hesitate to pick Six of Crows up, even if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy like me!

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

What books have you read because of Booktube? Share in the comments!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Summary: Little Fires Everywhere takes place in 1990s Shaker Heights, Ohio, a progressive suburb outside of Cleveland where everything is planned- what colors houses can be painted, how the roads must wind, where trees can be grown, etc. No one exemplifies Shaker Heights more than Elena Richardson, who attempts to raise her children with the belief that playing by the rules will get give them all the success and more. Mia Warren and her daughter, Pearl, rent a house from Elena, the Richardson children are captivated by the traveling duo, and Pearl and Mia quickly become more than just tenants. When the McCulloughs, friends of the Richardsons, want to adopt a Chinese-American baby, the custody battle divides Shaker Heights, putting Mia and Elena on opposite sides. Mia’s distaste for the status quo riffles Elena’s feathers, who begins to question Mia’s mysterious past.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I traded books with Kelsey of MyFictionalBF over on Twitter, and in exchange for Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, Kelsey sent me an ARC of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere. I had been anticipating Little Fires Everywhere since I read Ng’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, at the end of 2016. I didn’t even realize they were giving away ARCS at Book Con, so many thanks to Kelsey!

One of my favorite parts of Little Fires Everywhere was Celeste Ng’s writing style, specifically how her story unravels. Similar to Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere begins with the “ending” of the story. We’re introduced to the Richardsons, watching their house burn down. In the next chapter, we go nine months back, the Richardson house perfectly standing, as Mia and Pearl Warren enter Shaker Heights. Elena, more often referred as Mrs. Richardson, sees her new tenants as a charity case, giving the Warrens a good home in a good neighborhood with a good school system. She’s a bit more intrigued in Mia’s photography, thinking she can extend her good charity even further, perhaps asking Mia to take family portraits. Mia isn’t a typical photographer, taking up and traveling to where whatever projects her mind suits, but she’s promised Pearl that they’ll stay in Shaker Heights until she graduates from high school.

And of course, we have the Richardson children: Lexie, Trip, Moody and Izzy. Each Richardson had their own personality, but I enjoyed Lexi and Izzy’s storylines the most. Moody instantly hits it off with Pearl, becoming best friends, however they grow apart, as Pearl grows closer to Lexie and Trip. I think for this reason we get a bit less time with Moody, but I enjoyed his role in the book. We don’t get much for Trip himself as well, with most of Trip’s parts focusing on his growing relationship with Pearl. Lexi definitely had one of the more complex storylines in the novel, especially since she enlists her help from Pearl and Mia. Izzy was hands-down my favorite Richardson. I love how Mia inspired her to fight the status quo, and how she grew from a spark, as she’s referenced as, to a flame. It made me so angry how Elena treated her as the odd one out and was always faulting Izzy for her actions (RIP Izzy’s Doc Martens). My favorite Izzy moment was when Elena reflects on having “the talk” with Lexie and Izzy,

She and Mr. Richardson did not speak to the children about their love lives- she’d have a talk with Lexie and Izzy, when their periods had started, about their responsibilities. (“Vulnerabilities”, Izzy had corrected her, and left the room.)”

I appreciated Izzy’s defiance and sass when it came to dealing with her mother. Between the custody battle over Mirabelle/ May Ling and Lexie, Pearl, and Trip exploring sexuality in their relationships, there’s a lot of discussion regarding babies, responsibility, and sex. Elena really reminded me of Mrs. Cooper from Riverdale (I’m ready for season 2, okay?). She was so old school–why didn’t Trip and Moody get “the talk”? — and being a third generation Shaker Heights girl, played by the rules. I loved how Mia was the opposite of Elena. I really enjoyed exploring her past, even though I hate how it was all because of Elena’ snooping, and I so wanted Mia to take Izzy and just run far away from Elena’s control and expectations.

Overall, I really enjoyed how the first one hundred pages or so and the novel as a whole allows its readers to really get to know the characters. A lot of the blurbs on Little Fires Everywhere focus on the custody battle between the McCulloughs and Bebe, which is an essential part of the novel, but we don’t get a glimpse of our full cast of characters. While taking notes on Little Fires Everywhere while reading, I wrote within the first fifty page mark that I was falling into the novel, and guess what? I completely fell into this book and the story and the characters; it’s a book that I can’t help but still think about. Little Fires Everywhere is hands-down one of my favorite books of 2017, and I can’t wait to see what Celeste Ng brings out next!

Do you plan on picking up Little Fires Everywhere? Let me know in the comments!

Book Reviews, Books

I Listened to My First Audio Book: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg

Hi my name is Haley of Fangirl Fury, and I am an audiobook newbie.

I’ve tried listening to audiobooks before, especially the Harry Potters ones, but I often had trouble connecting to the narrator. They didn’t feel like how I had imagined the character or characters in my head.

23453112.jpgHowever, I’ve had a change of heart about audiobooks because of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. Aziz Ansari is my favorite comedian and I fell in love with his Netflix show, Master of None, early this summer. And unless you’re new around here, you know that I am forever rewatching Parks and Recreation. After additionally watching some of Aziz’s comedy specials on Netflix, I felt inspired to read Modern Romance, as Aziz talks about some of his findings in a few of his shows.

In Modern Romance, Aziz teams up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to study how people go about forming relationships today. As you can probably imagine, today’s technology, especially dating apps like Tinder, have a lot to do with how people meet and connect. Add in Aziz’s comedy and if you’re listening to the audiobook, him telling you that you were too lazy to read the physical book, and you have a humorous yet informative and personal read. Aziz often refers to his current and past relationships, and one of my favorite aspects was when he would read aloud people’s online conversations.

So what did I do while listening to Modern Romance? The audiobook is just over six hours long, and I found myself listening to it while I was driving, packing to go back to school, setting up my dorm room, and at the gym. I often found myself laughing at loud, and my only disappointment is that I wish that I had taken more notes while listening.

I plan on listening to another audiobook hopefully soon. I’ve heard amazing things about The Illuminae Files and the Six of Crows audiobooks, especially because they have a full cast of narrators.

TV & Film

My Most Anticipated Fall 2017 TV Shows

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Not only is this fall bringing us so many exciting book releases, there’s such great television during the season as well! I’ve found that I’ve watched a bit more television this year than usual—Master of None and Big Little Lies have stolen my heart for the year- and I cannot wait to watch the series listed below.

Fuller House Season 3 (Netflix)– September 22nd I discussed in a Top Five Wednesday post a while back about how conflicted I felt about Fuller House, the Netflix reboot of Full House, aka one of my all-time favorite TV shows. In short, I find the humor of Fuller House to be VERY cheesey (maybe this is because I started watching Full House as a child and now I’m watching Fuller House as a young adult), the show overall tries to be too current, and I don’t like the direction of the plot that the show is going in. However, being the Full House fan that I am, I will be watching season 3 of Fuller House (even though we’ll only be getting the first half of the season) with high hopes that this show can turn my opinion around (not to mention DJ and Steve).

The Big Bang Theory Season 11 (CBS) – September 25th The Big Bang Theory has been in my nerdy heart since I was a freshman in high school and I cannot wait for this season primarily because of season 10’s cliffhanger!! The night before I moved back to school, my sister and I had a BBT marathon and even though it’s almost always on TBS, we wish that the show was on Netflix!

Ghosted (Fox)– October 11th Ghosted stars Adam Scott (anything that Ben Wyatt is in, I’m there) and Craig Robinson in Fox’s new paranormal sitcom. Adam Scott plays Max, a believer in the supernatural and a bookstore employee (!!), and Craig Robinson plays Leroy, a skeptic, and the show follows their adventures after being recruited by The Bureau Underground to investigate “unexplained” activities in LA. I think that this will be a light comedy with some creeper/ Stranger Things vibes.

Riverdale Season 2 (CW)– October 11th While the first season had its ups and downs, I am more than ready for season 2 of Riverdale, especially after the season 1 finale! Riverdale definitely does not share the Archie comic vibes, and I only compare the two together when it comes to character development. There’s going to be a few unanswered questions leading us into season two, and the show’s reported to having darker vibes and an even bigger cast this season. I plan on doing a rewatch of season 1 on Netflix leading up to October 11th.

Dynasty (CW)– October 11th I haven’t seen Elizabeth Gillies in anything but Nickelodeon’s Victorious, so I’m looking forward to see her star in this 1980s reboot. Like Riverdale, the show is reported to have some darker vibes, but there’ll be a bit more comedy. Dynasty follows one girl’s fight with her new step-mom over her family’s fortune.

What fall TV show are you most anticipating? Share in the comments!

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Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Fancasts

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Today’s Top Five Wednesday is all about the actresses and actors you’d love to see bring a book to TV or the big screen. I admit that when writing my T5W posts this month, this is the last one that I drafted because I really do not fancast. I often come up with what the characters may look like in real life in my head, without having an actor or actress in mind. However, I do have a few fun fancasts that I’d love to see come to life in a film adaptation.

Lin Manuel-Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton in Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz and I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott– As you’re probably (correctly) assuming, this fancast is indeed influenced by the original cast of Hamilton: An American Musical. When reading Alex & Eliza especially, I almost completely disregarded the physical descriptions of Alex and Eliza and swapped in Lin and Phillipa. If the role of Alex and Eliza ever need to be filled on the big screen, I’ll sign those two up immediately.

Finn Hudson as Wallace in Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia– Yes, I realize that Finn Hudson is a character himself on Glee, but I remember picturing him as Wallace when I read Eliza and Her Monsters. It was mostly because of Wallace being a football player, but I think his sweet and quieter side reminded me of Finn’s personality in his relationship with Rachel.

Lili Reinhart as Lucy in The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord– Since she plays Betty Cooper in Riverdale, I could see Lili playing high-schooler and camp counselor Lucy in an adaptation of The Names They Gave Us. If my memory is correct, Lili and Lucy’s physical descriptions are alike and I think that like Betty, Lili could take on Lucy’s innocent and determined demeanor.

Darren Criss as Harry Potter in Harry Potter in the Cursed ChildThis fancast is one-hundred percent inspired by Darren Criss as Harry in Starkid’s A Very Potter Musical (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, copy the musical into the Youtube search bar and enjoy). We get Darren as teenage Harry in AVPM, and I think it’s time for him to bring adulthood Harry to the stage. I would also probably enjoy the AVPM adaptation of Cursed Child a bit more than my experience reading the script.

Cole Sprouse as Wylan in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– If Cole Sprouse dyed his hair brown, I think he could be a near-perfect Wylan (let’s be honest, book Wylan will always be the best).

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.

 

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I was excited for Warcross since its announcement back in 2016. Flash forward to June 2017 when Warcross was the hottest book at Book Con and Marie Lu herself gave me an ARC in her autographing line. I read Warcross back in June and fell in love. With the book finally out for everyone to read (let’s me honest, I’m more than ready for a reread already), here all of my Warcross thoughts and feels.

Summary: The virtual reality game Warcross has taken the world by storm. While most users use the game to escape from reality, others play the game in hopes of making a profit. Teenage hacker and bounty hunter Emika Chen spends a lot of her time hunting down people who play Warcross illegally in order to support herself. When she not so accidentally glitches herself into the opening game of the Warcross Championships, she not only captures the attentions of millions of people, but also the creator of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka. Impressed by her hacking skills, Hideo needs Emika to come to Tokyo and solve a security problem within the game. However, this world full of gaming, fortune, and more reveals that Hideo’s problem is more than Emika could have ever imagined.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover Lust?: Absolutely

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**Warning : There are spoilers for Warcross below**

My Thoughts:

Right from the start, I was completely in awe of the Warcross world and how virtual reality has really taken over everyday living. One of the many things that struck me when reading Warcross was how Emika’s world was so similar to ours. With our own technological advances, such as virtual reality headsets, Emika’s world doesn’t seem to far along from ours. While it can be a bit daunting to think about, I wouldn’t mind having an electric skateboard! I also really enjoyed some of the branding in Warcross, like how Coca-Cola and and Gucci sponsor the games.

One of my favorite scenes in the novel was when Emika arrives at the Phoenix Riders’ dorms and meets the team. I absolutely adored how Nintendo still exists in the Henka Games world, and I would love to compete against Roshan and the team in Mario Kart.

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CAUGHT THE HAMILTON REFERENCE WHEN ASHER INTRODUCES HAMMIE TO EMIKA?? I freaked out when Asher refers to Hammie as his right-hand girl! Anyways, I loved the support network Asher, Roshan, and Hammie provide for Emika, and I’m interested in seeing more development from Tremaine in the next book. From the moment we meet him, I totally sensed some sort of past between him and Roshan, outside from being ex-teammates.

Emika was such an amazing main protagonist and I couldn’t imagine not having any narration from her. With the novel being set in such a digital world, I really enjoyed experiencing Emika’s more human and personal side when it came to thinking about her dad. It was interesting to be able to go into her Memories and actually get a sense of her father, while making me more sad for her. Even though Emika was my favorite character in the novel I loved absolutely Hideo, especially when it came to exploring his past (not to mention his good looks and smart fashion sense). While I do not agree with his decisions at the end, I can understand where he is coming from. Talking about the ending, while some have called it predictable, I did not think that Zero was fighting against Hideo for the right reason! I figured that Sausake would make some sort of appearance near the end and that he would be Zero, but I thought he would be the ‘bad guy’. Even though, l I don’t agree with Hideo’s algorithm, it’s so hard for me to call him the bad one because he’s doing out of his love and regret for his brother.

Ahhhhh, I just need the second book now! Have you read or are planning to read Warcross? Share your thoughts and feels in the comments!

TV & Film, TV Reviews

TV Review: Big Little Lies

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Almost immediately after finishing Liane Moriarity’s Big Little Lies,  I started watching its HBO mini series. Unfortunately, I do not have HBO, but I bought the first episode on iTunes and fortunately soon after, a family friend let me use their TV subscription so I could watch the show for free (my iTunes account is VERY thankful). In short, I loved the Big Little Lies miniseries and like many, I wouldn’t mind a second season, as the finale leaves a few unanswered questions. I’ll be getting into more specifics about the show below.

 There are A LOT of differences between the book and the show. For starters, while the book takes place in coastal Australia, the show takes place in Monterey, California. The change in the setting didn’t have that much of an affect on the plot, other than that no one was speaking in Australian accents. We also experience more scenes focused on Bonnie and Renata, where in the books we only get point-of-views from Madeline, Jane, and Celeste. I liked how Ed had a bigger presence in the show, but I didn’t like a lot of the changes the show made about Madeline. Two of her more smaller and non-spoilery changes included that her and Ed’s son didn’t have a role in the show and instead of working in the town’s theater office, Madeline is currently running Monterey’s production of Avenue Q. It was also abundantly clear through each character’s car and house, with the exception of Jane, that nearly everyone was wealthy.

The cast was phenomenal. Each person fit his or her character perfectly, and my favorite had to be Reese Witherspoon as Madeline. She was just as I had imagined Madeline, and it was interesting to see her relationship with Chloe play out. She had the perfect reaction for when Bonnie and Nathan tell her about Chloe’s secret project. While I admit that I was nervous about Shailene Woodley playing Jane, I thought that she fit the role of the quiet, young mother quite well.

One of the hands-down best parts of the show is the music. I currently have the show’s soundtrack on repeat on Spotify, my favorite song by “The Wonder of You” by Villagers (I was 99% sure that it wasn’t Adam Scott actually singing this in the finale, but that 1% of me hoped he was). The songs in each episode perfectly corresponded to the plot, and I liked how the songs in Jane’s running scenes were almost always the songs she was actually listening to.

**spoilers ahead**

As mentioned, there’s room for a second season. The finale of the show leaves some unanswered aspects, especially since the murder investigation remains open. If you pay a bit close attention in the final scene (I didn’t catch it the first time), a detective views the women and kids on the beach through binoculars. We also leave the show with tension between Ed and Madeline, as Ed clearly suspects that Madeline had an affair. We’re also left to question Celeste and Jane’s relationship, as Perry has played a role in both of their lives. As much as I would love a second season, I’m a bit nervous about how much the plot would expand. How much would the characters change?

I realize that I’m a bit late to the Big Little Lies train, but hey, I loved it and I can’t be the only one! Have you watched Big Little Lies? Share in the comments!

Book Reviews, Books

Review: Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart

Summary: Imogen is an orphan, a runaway heiress, and a girl who wants to escape life’s expectations. Jule is an athlete, a loyal friend, and a girl with a hidden history of her own. Romance, disappearances, and more takes place in E.Lockhart’s latest thriller, Genuine Fraud.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

I was fortunate enough (and survived the line) to receive an ARC of Genuine Fraud at Book Con 2017. I loved E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars when I read it back in 2015, so it was super exciting to get an early copy of her latest release and meet E.Lockhart herself.Like We Were Liars, Genuine Fraud is a thriller that makes readers question every twist and turn and like WWL, I recommend going into Genuine Fraud without knowing too much.

What makes Genuine Fraud such a unique read, especially in the young-adult lit world, is that it is told from end to beginning. The book begins on Chapter 18 with Jule’s latest whereabouts, and with each chapter, we go back in time and trace Jule’s own origin story and her relationship with Imogen. I really enjoyed going back in time, except for the fact that it was easier to predict certain plot details, especially when it came to the murderous rendezvous the book’s blurb promotes.

One of the best elements of Genuine Fraud is E. Lockhart’s social commentary about male and female roles. From reading books to watching movies, Jule realizes that women weren’t the stars in most action-filled stories, usually being upstaged by the masculine “great white hetero hero”. It’s interesting to see Jule take on this role as a hero, especially as she creates her origin story (a background something to what you expect of superheroes). However, you know from the beginning that Jule isn’t the hero of this story: she’s the antihero, and one who has to watch her every move.

I’ll be leaving this review spoiler-free in hope that you’ll pick Genuine Fraud and due to the fact that it’s best to go into this one blind! As you’ll see up top, I’ve rated the book four out of five stars, but as I think about it more and more, I might have to bump up my rating at some point.

If you’ve read or planning to pick up Genuine Fraud, share your thoughts in the comments!

Books, Top Five Wednesday

Top Five Wednesday: Books to Read without the Synopsis

This week’s Top Five Wednesday is all about books that are best to go in blind, so grab the five reads below, skip the synopsis and let the first page lead the way!

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia I didn’t know too much about Made You Up going in, other than the fact that I knew that I loved Francesca Zappia’s other book, Eliza and Her Monsters. Just know that Made You Up that is a bit of quirky read that sheds a great light on mental illness (and that there may be some lobsters involved).

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– The synopsis of The Sky is Everywhere gives off these love triangle vibes, but the book itself focuses more on Lenny trying to deal with the grief caused by her sister’s sudden death.

 The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr– The only thing that you need to know about Emily Barr’s The One Memory of Flora Banks is that our main character suffers from memory loss.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart– Much like We Were Liars, I highly suggest diving into E.Lockhart’s latest thriller without knowing too much.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Surprised? I think not! All you need to know about my favorite Victoria Schwab book before heading in is that there’s rivalry, superhuman powers, and  a big man with a love for chocolate milk.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.